LCM4670 55te G2130 Wireless Load Shackle

Larsen & Toubro, a leading Indian engineering and construction contractor, were commissioned to build a nuclear containment building at Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant. As part of the project they needed to lift and position a 47 metre diameter and 8.25 metre high inner containment dome liner, which had been built as a single unit. Because of the unique geometry of the dome and its 365 tonne weight, a balanced lift with equally distributed loads was vital to ensure a safe and successful lift.  Eighteen lifting lugs were integrated into the dome liner, which were each fitted with a 55te wireless load shackle. At the customers request, a Crosby G2130 was used, rather than the smaller standard TELSHACK-B 55te, as it afforded a better fit within the lifting lugs. 

LCM Systems also supplied a telemetry base station that detected the telemetry signals from the load shackles and transmitted them to a laptop, where engineers were able to view the loads on each lifting lug to ensure they remained uniformly loaded throughout the lift. With only 200mm clearance to work with, the Larsen & Toubro team lifted and placed the dome into position on top of the inner containment wall in just two hours, with alignment and anchoring taking a further three hours, after which the crane was released. 

Larsen & Toubro commented “During test runs the turnbuckles where rotated according to the load displayed on all 18 load shackles to distribute the loads equally. This test was demonstrated to our client and the regulatory board, who were then happy to give their permission to lift the dome on the very next day.”

The main criteria we were given was as follows:

  • The load shackle must utilise the Crosby G2130 shackle series
  • Data from each load cell to be displayed on a laptop PC
  • The system must be completely wireless
  • Load shackle construction robust enough for heavy lifting environment
  • Full material traceability required
  • Load shackles to be calibrated to traceable standards

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  • 55te Telemetry Load Shackle
  • Complete system supplied fully calibrated and issued with certificates traceable to UKAS Standards
  • Crosby G2130 bow shackle
  • Environmetally sealed to IP67
  • Existing load shackle pin used for added traceability
  • Operating temperature range of -40°C to +60°C
  • Supplied with custom designed software
  • Supplied with load centralising bobbin for optimal accuracy
  • Transmission distanceof 600m (clear line of site)
  • Used for lifting nuclear container dome

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